Poinsettias – The Christmas Flower

Christmas is right around the corner, that means it is time to decorate your home and office. One of the best ways to incorporate some Christmas cheer is with a beautiful arrangement of poinsettias. These lovely red, green, pink, white and plum flowers feature the colors of the holiday so don’t be afraid to make them the centerpiece in any room.

Why Poinsettias are the Flower of Christmas

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Poinsettias are officially classified as ornamental shrubs native to South America where they were originally referred to as “Flor de la Noche Buena”. This translates to the “Flower of the Holy Night”. Historians widely agree that the poinsettia was first used as a Christmas decoration in the 1600s when Franciscan monks used poinsettias during their Nativity ceremonies.

Mexican legend states that a young child was traveling to a community Nativity scene and realized that he forgot to bring a gift for Christ. He stopped half way, plucked green blooms from the roadside and carried them the rest of the way. Upon arrival, this child was ribbed by his peers for bringing such a plain gift. However, when the boy placed the blooms at the manger, a glorious red flower shined atop the greenery. This legend is central to the connection between poinsettias and the Christmas celebration.

It is Time to Decorate for the Holiday Season

It won’t be long until Christmas day is here. Seize the opportunity by decorating your home and office now. Implementing Christmas flair in the form of poinsettias and other Christmas decorations makes your home feel that more spirited and cozy. All it takes is the strategic placement of poinsettias and your living space will be rife with Christmas cheer.

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Poinsettias make fantastic centerpieces in and of themselves. Poinsettias are rich looking flowers with visually impactful colors that transform the style and feel of a room. Implement poinsettias as the centerpiece of a room within your home or workplace and everyone who walks in will feel festive. Give poinsettias a chance and you will find that they truly do make the holiday spirit quite contagious.

Poinsettias Make Great Gifts

Picking out the perfect Christmas gift is a challenge we would all like to simplify. Don’t fret any longer. Order some beautiful poinsettias for that person on your Christmas list that is difficult to shop for and she will be more than thankful for her lovely new flowers. Poinsettias make even more sense as a gift for those who live far away. Have some gorgeous poinsettias delivered to a friend or family member’s door this holiday season to wish them a happy holidays.

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If you have an upcoming Christmas party for work, school or another organization, pick up some poinsettias as a hosting gift. After all, who doesn’t love flowers? In particular, poinsettias are especially beloved during the holidays thanks to their festive colors. This is the hosting gift that keeps on giving as everyone who visits will obtain some enjoyment out of these gorgeous flowers.

Poinsettias With a Special Message

Order some lovely poinsettias through Brant Florists and we will incorporate a special message to make the flower arrangement that much more meaningful. We take great pride in the quality of our flowers as well as the words that make up their accompanying message. Put your trust in Brant Florists and we’ll help you make this holiday season unforgettable.

Reach out to us today to learn more about our poinsettias as well as our other floral arrangements and place an order. You can contact us by phone at 877-545-5535 or send us an e-mail at orders@brantflorist.com.

All the Ways that Flowers, Red or Blue or Any Colour, can Brighten Your Day

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No matter the weather, the environment, nor the company, the presence of flowers always seem to brighten up the mood. Flowers can make us feel joy, excitement, love, pride, comfort and a lot more. Do you ever wonder how?

Flowers stimulate our senses. Their beautiful colours and sensational scents play with our emotions, and they have the ability to make any scene much more vibrant and lively.

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Who can look at bouquets like these, overflowing with bright splashes of red flowers, orange flowers, and yellow flowers and not marvel at their beauty? Even as a simple image they explode right off the page like fireworks, filling the white space with colour, life and energy.

What you don’t get from the pages are the unforgettable scents, with their dazzling hues and refreshing fragrances, flowers captivate our minds and engage our senses.

Try adding some flowers to an office, a school desk, a living room, anywhere. Watch how their colours stand out against the usual browns, greys, whites and blacks of our furniture. Close your eyes and take deep breaths of their aroma. You can’t help but smile! This is a great way to turn the drab into the delightful.

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It’s also a great way to reconnect with nature. In a world of bricks and mortar, flowers allow us to bring nature into our lives, wherever we go. They remind us of the beauty all around us. Take sunflowers, for example. Not only do those yellow flowers shine as brilliantly as the sun…Brant Florist Sunflower Field

…but they are a source of joy. This positive energy feeds back to our surroundings and connects us to nature.

In addition to connecting with our own emotions, flowers are a great way for us to connect with others. For every sentiment and a message, there’s a flower that matches its meaning. Thanks, congratulations, apologies, romantic gesture and so on.

At Brant Florist we can provide the perfect custom arrangements for any occasion. No matter the colour or flower type you ask for, we’ve got it. Whatever meaning you want your flowers to convey, we know the best flowers for any occasion. All our flower arrangements are hand made by our floral artists to give your gift that unique personal touch. Let us help you brighten someone’s day. Browse our online catalogue or contact us at 905-634-2658.

4 Ways to Decorate Your Wedding Venue with Flowers

In order to celebrate the beginning of your new life, it’ll be necessary to plan a magnificent wedding day; and what’s a better way to embellish this festivity than to rely on the magic of flowers and floral motifs? Flowers can be used in a variety of ways to decorate and bedeck a special event such as this one, you only need a few fresh ideas to see your big day truly blossom.

The Centre of Attention

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While the bride, undoubtedly, is going to be in the spotlight of the wedding, there are certain aspects of the wedding venue that should complement the bride and contribute to the dazzling atmosphere. A centrepiece made of flowers can greatly enhance the beauty of the venue, and depending on the look you prefer, you can opt for a monochromatic design or perhaps something more turbulent. A subtle blend of succulents and some blooms in bright and vivid hues has the ability to break the monotony of the setting, while the combo of white roses with silver details can give your wedding a glamorous vibe. Tulips are a great choice if you’re looking for a multi-coloured centrepiece, but you can always rely on blue muscari and hyacinth mixture to achieve an amazing blueish vibe.

Walking Down the Aisle

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Spreading petals along the aisle is an old trick, but nevertheless quite an effective one. Red rose petals are always a good choice to enchant the place, while you surely won’t make a mistake by opting for gentle and safe hues in pink, light blue or even a nice shade of orange. Of course, you can embellish the aisle by placing small flower arrangements alongside candles to create a lavish ambience and enhance the natural splendour of the venue. These ideas work wonderfully both in closed venues and outdoor weddings as well, especially if the complete venue is set in an already natural environment.

Down Under

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When using flowers as your main decorating feature, it’s important to keep in mind that these floral arrangements can be used in a variety of different ways and in different places as well. This is why many couples are opting to adorn their wedding days with wonderful splashes of beautiful flowers, by creating ceiling decorations like flower-made canopies or putting up colourful blooms around arches, pergolas and gazebos. This type of decor is quite versatile and the great thing about it is that can be used to style the complete wedding setting, from top to bottom. With just a bit of creativity and imagination, you can easily create extraordinary decorations by combining plants and flowers of different sizes, shapes and colours and make your wedding truly stand out in this magical natural ambience.

A Floral Delicacy

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As already mentioned, flowers are quite a versatile tool and can be used to bedeck a variety of different settings. Keeping this in mind, it’s safe to say that floral decorations don’t find their purpose solely in venue décor, but also in the decorative process of embellishing food, treats and of course – wedding cakes. For instance, Conca D’oro venues in Sydney offer their clients the opportunity to opt for tailored menus, where foods are prepared by executive chefs that can beautify your wedding cakes with astonishing flower decorations made from both fresh blooms and fake flowers.

Just as a flower cannot truly bloom without sunshine, a life cannot be truly lived without love. When you finally meet the one and decide to spend the rest of your life in togetherness, that’ll be the moment when you’ll both flourish. These stunning flower arrangements can help you create a truly marvellous setting for the beginning of your new life.

How Did the Poppy Become the Symbol of Remembrance Day?

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Flowers can say so much without a single word. Each flower has its own character and inspires unique emotions. In this case, a flower is used to remember. Every year millions of people throughout Canada, America and the United Kingdom wear poppy pins during the week leading up to November 11. Schools, workplaces, stores and veterans’ organizations distribute the poppies, reminding people of their significance. As we carry the red flower on our chest everywhere we go, a solemn pride fills the air and we remember.

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In World War I and many wars since, courageous soldiers made the ultimate sacrifice so the rest of us wouldn’t have to. Today we wear poppies to send a message both to ourselves and to the memory of those soldiers: we remember and honour that sacrifice.

But why the poppy? What made this pretty red flower the symbol of Remembrance Day? It was a Canadian who first connected poppies to remembering the fallen, but it was the efforts of multiple countries that created the poppy tradition we practice today. An international tradition for an international message, using the international language of a flower.

The poppy began its role as a symbol of remembrance with the World War I poem In Flanders Fields. Canadian war physician John McCrae wrote it in 1915 during the Second Battle of Ypres, Flanders, just after he lost a friend on the battlefield. While overseeing his friend’s burial, McCrae noticed the numerous red flowers growing rapidly among the graves of his fallen comrades. This led to the poem’s first two lines:

In Flanders Fields the poppies blow. / Between the crosses, row on row.

In Flanders Fields was later published by the UK magazine Punch, spreading McCrae’s captivating words throughout the western world. In 1918, American professor Moina Michael was inspired by the poem to wear a poppy in tribute to both dead and surviving veterans.

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Not only was she the first to wear a poppy, she was the first to make and distribute artificial red flowers for others to wear. Michael also inspired French woman Anna E Guerin to start the first business selling remembrance poppies.

With the Remembrance Day poppy beginning to spread, it wasn’t long before official veteran organizations adopted it. In America the National American Legion declared the poppy their official symbol of remembrance in 1920, while in 1922 the Veterans of Foreign Wars distributed poppies nation-wide for the first time.

In Canada the Great War Veterans’ Association officially recognized the poppy as a symbol of remembrance in 1921. After becoming the Royal Canadian Legion, they went on to create the formal style of wearing a poppy (on the left lapel, close to your heart) and, with Parliament’s help, trademarked the poppy as a sacred Canadian symbol of remembrance in 1948, cementing its use as an everlasting tradition in Canada.

Remembrance Day Poppy Red Flower

The poppy tradition started with red flowers and one man’s poem. That poem asked the people to hold the soldiers’ torch high. Nearly a century later, our respect for our soldiers keeps burning strong. Whether November 11 is called Remembrance Day, Armistice Day or Veterans’ Day, western nations have worn the red flowers year after year. Every time we do, we thank those brave souls for their sacrifice and promise them that their names and deeds will live forever. It’s a tradition we invented together, to send a message of a respect and debt we all share.

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Do you have a message? We can help you find the perfect flower arrangement to relay that message. For over 50 years we’ve helped people find flowers that display their sentiments. We also have special white and red flower arrangements to honour our veterans, as well as custom memorial wreaths. All of these arrangements for Remembrance Day include poppies. Visit the Brant Florist website to browse our selection or call us at 877-545-5535 and ask about our Remembrance Day arrangements.